Home Security Tips For Weybridge Residents
While Weybridge is for the most part a safe place to live in, unfortunately recent figures from the police suggest that the crime levels in and around Weybridge are rising, with a 10% rise in reported crimes between August & November last year.
While Weybridge still has lower crime rates than the rest of Surrey according to the police, the rise in reported crimes in Weybridge is a good reminder to have a look at your home security to make sure that your home is safe and secure.
So, what can you do in your home to help keep it secure and protect your home from criminals?
Make Sure To Lock Doors & Windows
The simplest thing you can do at home to keep your property secure, is to make sure that your windows and doors are locked, especially when you’re out of the house. When you leave an unlocked opening to your home, your property becomes an easy target for thieves, so by just locking your doors and windows, you make your house a less attractive target.
Use Privacy Blinds To Stop People Looking In
Another simple way you can deter criminals from breaking into your home is to use thick privacy blinds, like Cassette Blinds which will make it impossible for people outside to peer into your home to identify valuables. As potential criminals can’t see into your home, they’ll be much less likely to attempt a break in, not knowing if you have any valuables to steal.
Invest In A Home Security System
While home security systems like cameras and alarms can keep your home safe, often their presence is enough to deter a break in and make your home an unattractive target. If you want all the features that come with a security system, it’s a good investment – Otherwise, you can find ‘dummy’ security systems like inactive cameras and dummy security boxes, which will be enough to deter most criminals.
Use Smart Home Features To Deter Thieves
Most break-ins and burglaries occur while residents are out of the house, at work or on holiday. To make your home more secure when you’re out and about, you can use smart home tools like Smart Lights to make it appear as if someone is still in your home – Having lights come on and off at set intervals to make it look like someone is currently at home will help to deter thieves.
Use Lighting To Keep Your Home Safe
Intruders like to operate under cover of darkness, so having outside lights in your garden and the front of your house is a good way to deter them. If you don’t want to run your energy bills up, or disrupt your neighbours sleep with lights on all night, you can use motion detecting security lights which only turn on when they detect movement. Most criminals will be scared away when they see your security lights turn on, making your home safer.
Hopefully now, you should be well equipped to have a look at your home’s security and make sure that your home is as safe as it possibly can be for you and your family. Also, despite the recent increase of crime in Weybridge, it is important to remember that it is a mostly safe place to live in with break-ins being infrequent and rare, but still it is always better to be safe than sorry, so make sure you keep your home secure this year!